Top Rated Optometrists in Fort Myers
As you search for the top rated optometrists in Fort Myers, consider the skills and expertise of the optometrists at Elmquist Eye Group.
Elmquist Eye Group has been serving Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and all of Southwest Florida since 1992. Our board certified optometrists and ophthalmologists and caring professional staff will provide you with exceptional service by using the most advanced diagnostic and testing equipment available today.
An Optometrist’s Job
Optometrists, or Doctors of Optometry (OD), offer patients a range of primary vision care options, including the diagnosis, treatment and management of injuries, diseases, and disorders that affect the eyes. They also counsel patients about non-surgical and surgical treatment options, perform specific surgical procedures, and prescribe medications.
Doctors of Optometry attend college for four years, then spend an additional four years at a college of optometry where they learn to diagnose and treat vision problems and eye diseases by studying the eyes and their relationship to the body as a whole. Their education is comparable to those of other health care practitioners, including physicians, dentists, and podiatrists.
As part of the Elmquist Eye Group team, Kate Wagner, OD, and Nina Burt, OD, are both board certified by the National Board of Optometry and the State of Florida Board of Optometry.
Treating the Whole Family
Periodic eye exams are vitally important to maintaining healthy vision because many vision and eye problems have no symptoms. You and your children need regular eye exams even if you have naturally good vision.
Children who do not have symptoms of vision or eye problems should have regular eye exams as recommended by the following American Optometric Association schedule:
- Birth to 24 months: At 6 months old
- Age 2 to 5: At 3 years old
- Age 6 to 18: Before the first grade and every 2 years thereafter
Additional testing and more frequent exams are recommended for children with risk factors such as central nervous dysfunction, premature birth or low birth rate, high refractive errors, family history of congenital eye disorders, or strabismus.
For adults ages 19 and older, Prevent Blindness America suggests having a comprehensive dilated eye exam (one in which the optometrist widens the pupils with the use of eye drops to look closer at the inside of the eye) according to this schedule:
- Age 19-39: Every 3 to 5 years (If African-American, every 2 to 4 years)
- Age 40-64: Every 2 to 4 years
- Age 65 or older: Every 1 to 2 years
Adults with special risks, such as diabetes, a previous eye trauma, surgery or a family history of glaucoma, may need more frequent eye exams.
It is important to see your doctor immediately, if, at any age, you experience symptoms of eye trouble.
You will find top rated optometrists at Elmquist Eye Group in Fort Myers and Cape Coral. Give us a call today at (239) 936-2020 to schedule an appointment.